Monday, May 29, 2006

Cake


The blue girl is knitting leftist bumper stickers while listening to one of her favorite bands, Cake.

Right before the November 2004 election, I noticed what appeared to be a funeral pyre for the Bush administration set up on a main road in my little town.
The effect was somewhat ambiguous, so I emailed the picture to the Freeway Blogger, asking his opinion as to whether he agreed that it was most likely a statement against Bush. Perhaps the people who made it intended to set it on fire after the results of the elections were announced.
Here was his reply:

"Very Interesting. I'm inclined to agree with you if only because only an artist would think to do such a thing, and although we don't have the military industrial complex on our side, we do have the artists..."

It's true that most of the great songwriters, artists, actors, writers have been and continue to be progressives who care about the human race and abhor war and all its horrid consequences.

Acrylic and ink on an 8 x 8 inch board.

19 Comments:

At May 29, 2006 7:10 PM, Blogger michael dailey said...

smooth very smooth social comment here. the whole thing is great from the colors to the hand shake to the bushman and the knitting. nice.

 
At May 29, 2006 10:02 PM, Blogger andrea said...

Fascinating how you have 'knit' social activism with art with blogging with, well, knitting! Very unique take on this theme. And a knockout illustration as usual.

 
At May 30, 2006 5:10 AM, Anonymous Leion said...

I like this picture. Just that the flesh color is a bit bluish...

 
At May 30, 2006 5:14 AM, Blogger buep said...

Interesting point of view. And nice illustration, as usual :)

 
At May 30, 2006 6:47 AM, Blogger Caroline said...

Very interesting expression on her face!

And I wish I could knit such neat words.

 
At May 30, 2006 9:26 AM, Blogger TXArtcGal said...

What a wonderful illustration and thought-provoking post. Did you send the link to Bush? Great job!

 
At May 30, 2006 10:21 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Wow! I doubt I could have made "cake" into such a powerful, poignant statement. Love it!

 
At May 30, 2006 10:37 AM, Blogger Random York said...

Beautiful colors, WoW! Cool image! Though I have to admit that I love Bush, but the image is cool!

 
At May 30, 2006 10:56 AM, Blogger creative kismet said...

This is fantastic!! I love Cake music! It's really a great take on the theme! Unique and thought provoking! Great job!

 
At May 30, 2006 12:46 PM, Blogger Lexi said...

Nice scene - the composition works and the colors are pleasing. Can I have the pattern for that scarf?

 
At May 30, 2006 1:24 PM, Blogger carla said...

I was hoping someone would use the band Cake in an illo...so glad it's you! The painting is wonderful - I always find myself kind of smacking my lips at your juicy colors - and the message is apt. Good one!

 
At May 30, 2006 2:09 PM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I was wondering if anyone would do CAKE the band for this week's challenge, and you incorporated it so so well. I love that she's knitting for peace, that is just too cool. You've managed to make a successful political illustration that is just gorgeous!

 
At May 30, 2006 2:52 PM, Anonymous tinker said...

What an interesting take on this theme - very creative. Love the idea of knitted bumperstickers. The colors shine! I would love to know what paint brand you use.

 
At May 30, 2006 11:35 PM, Blogger susan said...

creative combination of which i heartily agree and love the rendition too! yea!

 
At May 31, 2006 9:22 AM, Blogger Ellen said...

Bush is such a "Knit Wit!" LOL
VERY awesome piece!

 
At May 31, 2006 4:47 PM, Blogger haze mcelhenny said...

i don't find it ambiguous at all. in fact, i think it's quite powerful in the rote and repetition that appears throughout the work. i'm really impressed by it overall. HUGE kudos - this is killer.

 
At May 31, 2006 8:25 PM, Blogger HARDWAX said...

Your work is always thought provoking, and this is no exception, very creative how you've made the world the cake, the prize perhaps, and the design and color are beautiful as always. Marvelous piece of work!

 
At May 31, 2006 8:27 PM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Love your take on the theme!! Beautiful painting!

 
At June 01, 2006 12:58 PM, Blogger Twisselman said...

Great illustration and a great comment in itself. I can't recommend Neil Young's 'Living with War' enough as an example of an artist making a statement. Free to listen to by following the links on neilyoung.com.

How does one put a knitted bumper sticker on one's bumper?

 

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